On January 6, 2016, the President announced amendments to the Radio and Television Act, the Satellite Broadcasting Act and the Cable Radio and Television Act.  Highlights include amendments to the permit application and renewal process and concerning program content control, while seeking to regulate product placement and shopping channels.  For example, there shall be no product placement in news and children’s programs, nor shall election candidates put product placement in the media.  If a product placement is put into a program, there shall be clear disclosure, both before and after the program, of information relating to the person who placed the products.  In addition, pursuant to the amended Cable Radio and Television Act, system operators may operate in each other’s territory and provide the service of digital convergence.  In addition, system operators are required within time limits to provide services and local channels using digital technology.